Ok, so I've been working on an overall prepping plan, and have it kind of broken up by timeline for implementation.
So, I'm wondering if I'm on the right track, or if any suggestions that can help.
First, here's the grounds, what I'm working with. We're in a rural area (not incorporated by the city), and about 5 miles from "town". The house in
the lower left is not part of our property (but we're on great terms with our neighbor). The blue line denotes the property line (we own the
driveway), and yellow lines are fences (mostly chain link, but some 8x8 grid). Red-orange indicates gates (some are small, others large enough to get
a vehicle through). The drawn in pool and deck is in the back, as that is a plan within a year. Most of the fences have an electric wire along them
(for keeping the horses from messing with the fencing).
I know, I know, one rule is to never tell your preps...but without doing so, hard to get input. And, if someone is able to get here in a SHTF
scenario, and wants to join up, well, you need a group to survive.
- We have a well, but it is currently electrically powered (we lose power, we lose well pump). Within 3 months, I'm getting a manual
version we can switch to in a power outage (of a long duration). However, that will still mean no running water in the house. Within 6 months to a
year, I plan on getting a diesel generator to at least work that out also. Currently, we have one 50 gallon reserve tank (in addition to the 60 gallon
tank from the well and the 40 gallon water heater). Within 3-6 months, I'm adding one 50 gallon rain barrel tank, and two 50 gallon potable water
tanks. In addition, I always have about 4 cases (24 bottles each) of bottled water onhand (I replace these as we go through them). We have two fresh
water sources (ponds) within a mile also.
- We are currenty stocked enough for about 30 days per person. This is fine for storm season, etc., but not for SHTF prep. Within 6
months, we'll be starting a vegetable garden (in the yard area to the left of the shop) and planting some fruit trees (FL variety apples, banana,
orange, etc. - mostly about where the RV in the pic is parked between the driveway and the fencing (RV was there at time of pic)). Within 3-6 months,
we'll be adding a chicken coup and chickens. Once the garden is going good, we plan to do home canning of veggies and fruits. Also, I'll be increasing
the stocked foodstuffs (including pet foods) and rotating through these as needed...with the end goal of having at least a 9 month supply per person
onhand at any given time, as well as sustainable incoming food sources. We are seeding the pastures within 6 months, with more nutritious grasses for
the horses, so they'll need less hay/feed (in a SHTF environment, they'll just need to graze).
- The planned diesel generator should be sufficient for the well pump and one refrigerator. Within a year, I'll add an additional
generator to handle some other basic power uses, but this will still not be sufficient for much. My truck, and the tractor run off diesel, so I plan
to have some excess fuel storage for all of these as well (and gas treatment for old gas). I'll also have some stocked regular gas for the other
truck. Within 3 years, I want to start making the conversion to supplementing with solar, and then going full solar within 6 years (if able). We have
lots of roof space for panels, and get lots of sunshine. This is the most expensive endeavor, but eventually, can be managed through rebates, tax
breaks, and just doing it over time and getting good deals on equipment. I've been in the process (about 85%) of replacing all light bulbs with much
lower wattage LED bulbs (6W versus 100W), in prep for reducing power consumption, and we have all new energy efficient appliances.
- Will likely use my diesel truck. It's a beast, but has two gas tanks, and a 150 gallon auxillary tank, so can easily go all
over the place with full tanks. We also have 3 of our own horses, and often have boarded horses (so depends on if boarders come get their horses in
the event). Our shop is a tack shop (horse gear), so we have plenty of that. We also have my wife's truck (regular gas).
- It's a bit of land (5 1/2 acres) to keep safe, but the fences should help, and locked gates of course. In a SHTF scenario, we'd
always have some sentries from our group (hoping to get some nightvision within a year, on my Xmas list). Most outside lights are security lights
(motion sensor), will switch all to be (and will only come on at night). We'll be putting in two driveway sensors (one on road, one on inner gate)
within 6 months, mostly to alert us to someone coming to the shop, but also as a security measure (we'll use extenders to send the chime to all areas
of the ranch). Within a year, I'll be adding a couple of security cameras (initially for the shop, but also to catch license plates for anyone
leaving), with the goal of adding more within 3 years.
- Currently a few handguns, shotgun, and rifle, and lots of ammo for each. I want to add a few more, and increase the ammo stockpile a
bit. One of our team will be bringing his own weapons, so that will add some as well.
- Mostly family and close friends, but most of us guys routinely do paintball games to keep sharp. Two of the team are ex-military, one
of those is currently a cop and an expert marksman and amateur MMA fighter. His wife is a former EMT. I'm a good shot myself, as are most of my
friends. Myself and a couple of friends are pretty all-around handy (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, mechanical, etc.). They know who they are, and
that they are welcome to come in such an event, and we've all discussed it more than is probably healthy.
Anyhow, that's pretty much the skinny of it. Add on that I have a 1hr commute, and carry a 4-day BOB in my truck in case I'm at work when things go
down. My wife's truck also has two BOBs (one for her and one for our ranch hand gal).
Suggestions? Questions? Comments?
Nobody's perfect, and I'm sure I'll see some things that are just "wow, should have thought of that"....
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